Policy Map

Oregon

School Choice Policy

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Unclear:

A charter must be a non-profit school; however, this requirement does not apply a school in a school district that is a remote and necessary school district on the date the school first begins operation as a public charter school.

338.035 (2)(a)(B) & 2(b)(A-B) Establishment requirements; proposal submission timeline; prohibitions

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Unclear:

No cap, however, a school district cannot contain only charter schools, unless there is only one school in a given district.

338.035 (6) (a-b). Establishment requirements; proposal submission timeline; prohibitions

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

Yes:

A public charter school is responsible for providing transportation to students within district. Out of district students may use existing transportation services of a school district in which a charter school is located.

338.145(1-4). Responsibility for student transportation services; costs

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Yes:

At least a half of the total full-time equivalent teaching and administrative staff need to be licensed/registered by the commission. A charter school administrators must be licensed or registered by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

338.135 (7) (a-c). Employees; licensure and registration requirements; collective bargaining; prohibition on waiver of right to sponsor charter school.

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Yes:

Oregon statutes allow for virtual public schools and virtual charter schools. State statutes also allow for Oregon Virtual School District.

338.005.6(a-b): Definitions for chapter.
336.851(1): Creation; purpose; course standards; rules
339.122(1)(a-b): Disclosures in promotional materials.

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Yes:

A virtual charter must monitor and track student progress and attendance

338.120.(e)(A): Additional requirements for virtual public charter schools;

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Unclear:

Oregon Virtual School District: any person who teaches an online course must be properly licensed.

Virtual charters must provide a plan to ensure that all superintendents, assistant superintendents and principals of the school are licensed to administer by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Teachers who are licensed to teach by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission teach at least 95 percent of the school’s instructional hours.

336.851(2): Creation; purpose; course standards; rules.
338.120(f)(A-B): Additional requirements for virtual public charter schools

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

No:

No voucher programs found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No:

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

Not Applicable

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Not Applicable

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Not Applicable

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Not Applicable

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Not Applicable

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes:

"Pursuant to ORS 339.127, a nonresident school district may enroll a student who is a resident of another district and receive State School Fund money for the student if there is a signed Interdistrict Transfer Agreement between the resident school district, nonresident school district, and the parent/guardian(s) or person in parental relationship."

OAR 581-021-0019(2)(a)
339.133(5)(a)

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

Unclear

Page last updated: January 2020

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